Hello and welcome to the dental blog of Dr. Ghina Morad!
…live near San Carlos, California!
…are serious about your oral health!
…want a dentist who can keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking great!
Then you have come to the right place! We have the sort of comprehensive dental solutions that will keep you on the good road all through life. And we’ll be here with restorative care, should anything go awry along the way. One thing that we wanted to talk about today, in terms of both prevention and restoration, is gum disease.
Gum disease is an infection that starts when the bacteria found in plaque causes a condition called gingivitis, which is marked by an inflammation of the gums.
If left untreated, your gums will swell. They will be sore and bloody. It won’t be pretty. When these indicators appear, you will already have transitioned into periodontitis, an advanced (and nasty) form of gum disease.
What will happen? Periodontal disease targets your gums and the bone that supports your teeth. So, it won’t be long before you start losing your teeth. This will be painful, traumatic, and embarrassing. While that is awful enough, that isn’t where gum disease will stop! Just wait, it gets worse!
Once the gum disease bacteria gets loose in your bloodstream, anything is possible. And we don’t mean that in a good way. In fact, you may find yourself faced with life-threatening health issues such as respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer! There are very real links between these things and gum disease.
Fortunately, you have the power to improve your fate. But it will take a concerted effort on your part and a willingness to turn some of it over to us.
By brushing your teeth and also flossing every day, you can keep much of the harmful bacteria and plaque on the run. Truly, maintaining proper home hygiene habits are the first part of preventing gum disease. You have to want it for yourself.
The other piece of prevention is regularly visiting the dental office of Dr. Ghina Morad for professional teeth cleanings and thorough oral examinations. Even if you suffer from dental anxiety, this is not something you can afford to put off or ignore. Let us know if you are fearful, and we can set you up with a sedation dentistry treatment. Just get yourself here!
Ideally, we would want to examine you every 3-6 months. This will allow us to eradicate any remaining plaque and bacteria that your home hygiene practices have not addressed adequately. Trust us, there is always plenty left behind by the brush!
Moreover, when you are in our midst, we will be able to detect and treat any early signs of gingivitis before you ever have to deal with periodontal disease. You will save yourself lots of pain and expense in the end!
The combination of wonderful habits (persevering at home and coming to see us often) will significantly lower your risk of gum disease and tooth loss, and will ultimately help maintain your overall health, happiness, and quality of life. Who wouldn’t want that?
That said, should you have gum disease already, or develop it at some future date, we can also help with treatment to get you back on track fast. The sooner you get here, the better it will be for you!
Since the expansion of gum disease is mainly attributable to plaque bacteria that becomes trapped below the gum line, we’ll have to take very specific steps to reverse it.
In order to clean the pockets that can be created by the bacteria and prevent them from coming back, a process called root planing and scaling is used in our office.
Here’s how it works: after numbing the area, we will use a small tool that gets below the gums to clean out the infected area. Once the plaque has been removed, we will help speed healing and prevent additional infection using an antibacterial gel. That’s all there is to it!
Around here, we also employ another method to help clean and heal infected gums – Perio Protect. This involves custom-built trays for moving a chemical compound into the pockets created by plaque, cleaning them and aiding in the healing process. The nice thing is that you will only need to wear your Perio Protect trays for a few minutes each day!
In more severe cases of gum disease, we can use cosmetic treatments after healing to restore gum appearance and reverse receded gums.
If you are showing any of the signs of gingivitis or advanced gum disease, don’t delay!